Movie Diary 10/9/2017

Violent Summer (Valerio Zurlini, 1959). Ripe melodrama, lusciously served by a director who had a good run in Italian cinema for 20 years or so. It’s 1943 in a resort town, where privileged student Jean-Louis Trintignant returns and becomes fixated on a glamorous war widow (Eleonora Rossi Drago, a formidable presence). Some great scenes of people staring at each other across a room while dancing with others – good, good stuff.

Stormy Waters (aka Remorques, Jacques Grémillon, 1941). Jean Gabin is a tugboat captain, happily married to Madeleine Renaud, but he fishes Michèle Morgan out of another boat during a rescue and things are complicated. Great entrance for Morgan, and it’s right in Gabin’s wheelhouse. Both films showed at Edinburgh Film Guild’s tributes to Zurlini and Morgan, more of which can be glimpsed in their flyer.

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